There were moments while reading The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex, when I had to pause and take a breath because I was laughing so much. The giggles began with the line, “You, sir, look like a fuzzy little bum.” I’m not one for books that focus on referencing such things to get a laugh, but I couldn’t contain myself.
Let me give you a little background—Rock is the strongest warrior in the Kingdom of Backgarden. He sets off in search of a worthy adversary. Clothespeg was destroyed in one hit, and so Rock journeys to the mystical Tower of Grandma’s Favourite Apricot Tree, where Rock leads with that line. Unrestrained laughter. Daywalt’s dialogue is hysterically funny. He has an exceptional talent for delighting children AND the adults who are reading his books with them. “Are you not entertained?!” We sure are.
Back stories for Paper and Scissors follow. Anticipation builds as we wait for the battle between the three undefeated warriors. All three have been searching for someone to challenge them, they’re desperate to meet their match—and they do. The three foes become friends.
Round and round they went, in the most massive and epic three-way battle of all time! And it is said that this joyous struggle still rages on to this very day.
Rex’s illustrations are as daring and fearless as the characters portrayed. Bold text makes for easy reading, especially helpful when your eyes water from laughing so much. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors is indeed legendary, just as side-splitting spectacular as Daywalt’s Crayons series.